Miami Dade College alumni hall of fame induction gala.
Two of my secret ingredients when I cook pasta sauce, maple syrup and beer. Sometimes I use vodka and brown sugar, sometimes wine and honey and many many other ingredients and combos…can’t let you know all the secrets, can I! Oh and listen to the rolling stones station on Pandora while you’re cooking, only good things can come from it…
Great meeting today with Miami Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss and Miami Dade County Film and Entertainment Commissioner Sandy Lighterman about the industry. Commissioner Moss appointed me to the Miami Dade County Film and Entertainment Advisory Board a few years ago and after chairing the community building committee I now chair the board (and still chair the community building committee, I’m all about us!) We spoke more specifically on the film and entertainment industry incentive program that is making its way through the legislature now and steps to ensure we ascertain a sustainable incentive in order to keep film and television (and more) production going in Florida. Without it, no industry (billion dollar industry no less, so all of the shows and films shot in Florida will not happen without it). And it’s already happening.
If you want to keep seeing Florida on the big screen, small screen and even smaller screen (yes, there is smaller, your phone, tablets, computer, etc…), help get the word out that we want our industry to stay! tweet #entertainthis keep our Florida Entertainment Industry incentive strong! We spoke about other things as well such as the digital industry (love my digital peeps), and our community in general, but in order to keep Florida in films and on TV (the real Florida) please help spread the word to your legislatures, your friends, your family, even strangers if you have too!
Great meeting this morning for the board I chair, the Miami Dade County Film and Entertainment Advisory Board. A lot of conversation about the incentive program and steps to ensure we ascertain a sustainable incentive in order to keep film and television production going in Florida. Without it, no industry (billion dollar industry no less., so all of the shows and shot in Florida will not happen without it). And it’s already happening. If you want to keep seeing Florida on the big screen, small screen and even smaller screen (yes, there is smaller, your phone, tablets, computer, etc…), help get the word out that we want our industry to stay! tweet #entertainthis keep our Florida Entertainment Industry incentive strong!
We spoke about other things as well such as the digital industry (love my digital peeps), music (look out for another incredible panel coming soon and live music to follow up after the amazing one last year), the television industry and our community in general. And since we’re all appointed by our Dade County Commissioners, we’re letting them know what can help our industry grow!
So thank you board members and welcome to our newest board members, Miami International Film Festival Executive Director Jaie Laplante and CBS 4 reporter Brian Andrews who wasnamed Best TV News Reporter by the Miami New Times 2012.
I’m in the pic with my hero, one of the greatest champions of our industry Miami Dade County Film Commissioner Sandy Lighterman, after the meeting. Keep it going strong Sandy!
Whatever you do, please don’t leave the incredible give back to the community event “PhilanthroFest” and go to “The Butcher Shop Beer Garden and Grill” in Wynwood and order the Charcuterie with smoked pork loin, smoked hungarian karaj, manchego cheese, hungarian smoked pork, Italian cured ham, greek goat cheese served with jam, nuts, toast and olives and the mongolian confit wings covered with blue cheese and wash it down with the black russian ale and then go the galleries and see art ranging from a modern day Duchamp graffiti urinal to one of my favorite pop artists Miguel Parades, then hit “Pride and Joy” (where I was in a commercial on Monday), and have the fried pickles with the Jack Daniels laden “Honey Boo Boo”, and then hit the ceviche/sushi spot “SuViche” for some apps, a michilada and the Miami Heat game and wash all that down with a final stop at “The Wood Tavern” and some Wynwood Ale. I’m telling you, don’t do it or….
After last night (maybe let’s talk about that later) I needed some real food today. I love chorrizo, I want to be buried with it. Well that may not happen so I’m gonna eat it every chance I get. Brunch; chorrizo, spinach, mozzarella, cheddar scrambled eggs. Fried lobster ravioli with melted mozzarella and Bon Maman plum reserves on French bread. Oh so necessary.